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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

May 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Police, protesters skirmish near Pike Place Market

Seattle police arrest protester downtown (photo by Mike Lindblom)

From Seattle Times reporter Mike Lindblom:

More conflicts between police and protesters flared this afternoon near Pike Place Market before 5 p.m.

One man was taken down and arrested after he struggled when police moved to confiscate a flag pole he was carrying. A crowd converged on the scene and someone threw a bottle toward the officers.

Soon after, a teenager who identified himself as William James Page, 15, of Seattle, said he was struck in the head and nose by baton-wielding police who pushed the crowd back. Page was bleeding and being attended to by volunteer medics accompanying the protesters.

“We were telling them to let him (the protester being arrested) go,” Page said. “I was caught trying to hold the line.”

The group of a few hundred protesters were marching downtown from Seattle Center, where they’d gathered to protest police brutality at the memorial John T. Williams, the First Nations woodcarver fatally shot by a Seattle police officer two years ago.

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